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February 15, 2009

Matusz fitting in

matusz.jpgTop 2008 draft choice Brian Matusz wasn't exactly a stranger when he arrived in training camp. Teammate Jeremy Guthrie reached out to him during the offseason and is lockering next to him in the spring clubhouse.

"For a guy like myself who is only 22 years old, my first spring training to have a veteran, a No.1 starter on the staff, to kind of take me under my wing is pretty exciting,'' Matusz said. "It shows a lot about Jeremy as a guy as well as a player."

Matusz (shown competing for Team USA in 2007) also got well-acquainted with top prospect Matt Wieters when the two of them played together for the Surprise Rafters of the Arizona Fall League.

"I worked with Matt,'' he said, "He was my catcher in the Arizona Fall League so I had a lot of time with him. He’s an awesome guy, great catcher. You can’t beat throwing to a guy that size. He really makes it seem like you’re throwing 50 feet rather than 60 feet. Matt’s a great guy. I’m really looking forward to that."

Posted by Peter Schmuck at 5:14 PM | | Comments (15)
Categories: Just baseball
        

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The big question is how long brfore Weiters and Matusz are in the same league? But that is for another spring training.

The big question is how long brfore Weiters and Matusz are in the same league? But that is for another spring training.

Are you kidding me Pete? I used to be a Larry Bigbie fan. I liked watching him swing the bat to.
I just read Dan Connolly's story and I was just "floored" when I read it. To blame Bogdan for "burning" him is so lame. What a bum. Is he four years old?
Bigbie needs to blame himself for cheating on the game. Here he's married with a child and he can't even take full responsibility for his actions.
I also think Roberts is a bum to. I don't believe he only used it one time. Maybe it was only one time that he got caught.
Then I wonder why the Orioles aloud Bogdan in the clubhouse. I feel like management knew what was going on. Players don't need special favors and you know they were paying Bogdan for all those services. To have him in the clubhouse all the time, you know there was more going on than what this story is telling us.
The fans are getting cheated. We spend money to watch the game and this is going on behind our backs. These players are goofing off and losing. That's why no one was trying real hard. They didn't have to.

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Pete's reply: I don't think Bigbie was dodging his own responsibility, but he was upset that it led to the tainting of his friends. He definitely is to blame for what he did, but I think I understand why he feels that way.

If Matusz starts out at Frederick, I will be there opening night to maybe see him pitch a no-no. I was at Frederick for opening night last year and witnessed Wieters hit two home runs in his first two at bats. That was awesome.

Remember the second round of the Baby Birds in 1966 era...could we not see a third round, wth Matusz,Arrieta, etc?


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Pete's reply: It's certainly possible, but it's asking a lot.

Pete,

I'm thinking 09 will be a pretty tough season again, but we start seeing the team of the future take shape. If Pie proves he can handle ML pitching, at least keep the average between .235-.250, and show some improvement the 2nd half. That might settle the OF for quite a few years. I see 1st & 3rd base as hole next season, but Wiggington can slide over play 3rd, and another strong season for Snyder, puts him at 1st in 2010 (strong spring figures in there). Reimold starts in AAA and gets a taste if an injury hits, or when rosters expand. Weiters gets playing by hitting town somewhere around Memorial day.

As for the pitching? If Hill & either Pauley or Penn distinguish themselves, along with Uehara offering some quality innings, then the staff starts to come into focus as well. Because I can certainly see 2 guys from the minors making the transition as well. Perhaps even three. I can see Bergeson taking the 5th spot in 2010, along with perhaps Patton in the rotation or in the pen. I also think Liz makes his mark in the pen in 10. That puts Tillman, Arrietta & Mutsz in the picture somewhere in 2011.

Along with some other pieces falling into place, the future looks quite interesting. So far, Andy is delivering!

Guts
Uehara
Hill
Hennesey (Major underated talent)
Penn

TX O's Fan--As usual, you are perceptive and in tune with the Orioles' development. I enjoy reading your thoughts.

Won't that outfield of Pie, Jones, and Markakis be a defensive thing of beauty? And if Pie can get his swing going in Baltimore, that outfield will be offensively impressive as well. All three guys run well. Jones looks to develop his power stroke. Markakis--he's in the early stages of a Hall of Fame career.

And having Luke Scott at DH and Wigginton available for multiple roles, that's good stuff.

Pete, are there any whispers from the F.O. that perhaps Albers should have opted for surgery?

I have no idea what will happen with Matt, but I would prefer to see him pitch at AAA every 5th day and see what happens, but of all our injured pitchers, I am least optimistic about him helping the club this year.

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Pete's reply: I think the front office probablywould have preferred Albers have the surgery and gotten it over with. Reminds me a little of the Gregg Olson situation, though that was an elbow.

OK Pete.......I know it's way off topic but I couldn't resist....
Roch's comment:
"Catcher Gregg Zaun has calf muscles the size of Peter Schmuck's head. And you won't find that information in any other blog."
And his reply in the blog:
"Schmuck's head is so big, it influences the tides, but we love the guy."
So, if you have that kind of influence please don't worry about the tide, use it on the Orioles record this year or better yet my bank account!

Keep up the great work and hope you are having fun in FL.

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Pete's reply: Clearly, Rocco has thrown down the gauntlet. I will respond when appropriate.

I don't understand how HGH got lumped in with steroids.Two entirely different things.Before they came up with a synthetic HGH rich people took injections to stay young. It's a substance your body produces on it's own just like andro.Back in 2002-03 I never saw a hint that it was illegal.I used to buy it myself all the time throughout the 90's.It's really not that big a deal.What about creatine and soy protein.Both help build muscles also.

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Pete's reply: I don't think the fact that it's a substance your body produces is material to the argument. Several banned substances are synthesized versions of natural hormones. Testosterone for instance.

Pete-

If this is a glimpse of the future Orioles, then I'd reluctantly say there's light at the end of the tunnel.

Could we get a medical opinion on this blog about Albers and Patton. I am currently 3 months into recovery of a slap tear in my Labrum coupled with an inpingement, my authosopic was done my Dr. Carl Morgan who did Schillings and a lot of ball players. I had rehab first and it did not help but if Albers does not have an inpingment it may. I think the Orioles need better medical advice or training it seems that this organization has had more than their share of this injury.

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Pete's reply: Since Albers consulted with one of the most famous orthopedic surgeons in the world (Dr. James Andrews), I don't think the medical advice is at issue. But it still was his choice to have or not have the surgery.

John- FYI Pete is pretty much spot on re: Andro and HGH . Re: creatine and protein being muscle builders , neither have anything to do with hormones which is the big issue . Creatine actually enhances energy reserves in muscles and hydrates them . Not the traditional anabolic effect . Excess use of protein doesn't do much as far as increased muscle mass , maybe increased bodyweight because whats over your needs is converted into a carb or excreted .

Theropy doesn't work. I had three torn rotator cuffs. We tried theropy on all three but I needed the surgery on all three.Albers should have the surgery. I doubt he lasts to May.

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Pete's reply: It's not a torn cuff. It's a partially torn labrum.

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